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A Vintage Spool

Recycled project – A Vintage Spool

“I love anything vintage, so was inspired to create this project from some old- fashioned cotton reels I have. Using empty Loo Rolls/Kitchen Rolls, you could make a batch of these to store your laces and trims on, for a vintage vibe in your craft space.” - Vikki Gorham

You will need:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Oxide – Vintage Photo
  • Tim Holtz Distress Glaze
  • Tim Holtz Mixed Media Powder - Hammered
  • Tim Holtz Heat Tool
  • Embossing Ink Pad
  • Empty Loo Roll/Kitchen Roll
  • Cardboard Packaging
  • Circle Die
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Newspaper/ paper for stuffing
  • Twine
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Pokey Tool
  • Blending Brush

Time to Make: 1 Hour

Skill Level: Intermediate


  1. A Vintage Spool A Vintage Spool Using an empty loo roll or kitchen roll, cut to same size, take a circle die of approximately 8cm in diameter and using your die cutting machine, cut four circles from old cardboard packaging.

    These will form the top and bottom of your spool. I used some corrugated card for two of my circles.
  2. A Vintage Spool Using your Tim Holtz Oxide ink and your blending brush, cover the whole of your ‘Roll’ and two of your circles. For a darker look, repeat the process.
  3. A Vintage Spool Coat your ‘Roll’ in Embossing Ink, I found it easiest to dab directly from the pad, onto the roll. Pour over your Tim Holtz Mixed Media Powder. Pat with your finger to cover evenly. This bit is a little messy.

    Heat set this with your Heat Tool, Repeat, until you are happy with the coverage. This is a chunky medium, so it will take longer to heat up than regular embossing powder.

    Take your glazing medium and using your finger go over your embossed Roll. This gives it a lovely shine. Less is more!
  4. Take your four circles, and glue together with your hot glue gun. Two for the top, and two for the bottom. I used corrugated card for two circles, as per photo.
  5. A Vintage Spool Take some crumpled newspaper, or old packaging and fill the inside of your ‘roll’. This will make it stronger. Pack it in tight.
  6. A Vintage Spool Using your hot glue gun, glue round the rim of one end of your ‘roll’ and secure one set of your circles, repeat on the other end. This will give you your spool shape.
  7. Take some twine and roll round to cover any glue and your seam, and secure with hot glue, leave a little hanging for a rustic look
  8. A Vintage Spool Add your favourite lace to your spool, or your hanging spool.